My Favorite Lentil Salad

my favorite lentil salad – smitten kitchen

I can feel your disbelief through this PC screen (it’s my single superpower), yet kindly feel guaranteed that I could never mislead you about lentils particularly. My companion makes a lentil salad that no one can quit eating. Indeed, lentils. A plate of mixed greens. Her formula is one of the best  “hacks” ever: 1 bundle of their pre-arranged lentils, one container of their bruschetta fixing, and afterward, Olga generally adds more slashed tomatoes, cilantro, and avocado. This is small kitchen ideas.

Lentil Salad



  • 2 1/2 cups cooked, cooled tiny green, brown, or dark lentils [see Note at the end]
  • One 28-ounce can think of entire tomatoes
  • 1/2 a huge or one little white onion, slashed
  • 1 to 2 new jalapeños, to taste, cleaved
  • Two cloves garlic, cleaved
  • 1 cup cleaved new cilantro leaves, isolated
  • One teaspoon genuine salt
  • Newly ground dark pepper
  • One lime, squeezed, in addition to additional taste
  • One giant firm-ready avocado, diced
  • 2 cups (around a 12-ounce bundle) cherry tomatoes, split or quartered
  • Hot sauce, to taste
  • Tortilla chips for serving (discretionary)

Set a sifter over a bowl to get squeezes and an empty container of tomatoes into the sifter. Suppose the tomatoes look full (for example, entire and flawless); press on them a piece to deliver more.

Place onion, jalapeño, and garlic in a blender or food processor [see Note at the end] and run the machine in short blasts until they’re in more modest pieces. Add 66% (eyeball it) cilantro, depleted tomatoes, salt, and a squeeze of one lime and run the machine until the tomatoes are very much hacked yet not thoroughly smooth. While making salsa for gathering up with chips, I will add a portion of the held tomato squeezes, a tablespoon at a time, if the blend is exceptionally thick; however, we don’t dress this lentil salad and need it exceptionally meager. Change preparing to guarantee it’s adequately vigorous to dress the lentils, adding salt, pepper, and more lime juice, if needed to taste.

Place lentils in a significant bowl. If they’re from a vacuum pack, utilize your fingers to separate clusters. (I observe that a spoon or fork harms the lentils to an extreme.) Add 1 1/2 cups of tomato combination to the lentils and mix to join. Add avocado, tomatoes, and saved cilantro and mix tenderly to join. Taste and add more salsa to taste; I usually go with an entire 2 cups. Season with salt and dark pepper to taste, and add more lime juice if wanted. Present with hot sauce and tortilla chips, if you wish.

Extras save for five days in the refrigerator.


We should discuss lentils: The best kind to use in plates of mixed greens are those that don’t go to pieces when cooked. My top choices are:

  • Little green (frequently sold as lentils du Puy).
  • Tiny earthy colored lentils (now called Castelluccio).
  • Even dark lentils.

Cook them in salted water as indicated by their bundle headings, or whatever your cherished method for cooking lentils is, then, at that point, cool them before utilizing them. Here I’m utilizing one 17.6-ounce bundle of Trader Joe’s Steamed and Fully Cooked Lentils, an excellent item.

Suppose you’re utilizing a drenching or regular (for example, not robust like a Vitamix) blender rather than a food processor to make the salsa. In that case, it assists with beginning with all the more finely garlic and jalapeño. As composed, generally slashed is fine, assuming the machine will mulch it further for us.

Deb, why would we say we are making a whole group of your salsa when we will utilize half? You could split the tomatoes and other salsa fixings; however, I don’t need you to miss the mark if you need more than it makes. Since I need you to have the option to add more to taste and because I’m excited to have extra – for tacos, for eggs, for chips.

While making the plate of mixed greens with an eye towards extras for future snacks, I’ll frequently forget about the avocado, so it doesn’t get delicate or discolored in the refrigerator. [It’s as yet 100 percent alright to eat, yet it doesn’t look as cute.] Instead, I’ll add some each time I eat it.